Part of New York Times‘ 1-in-8 Million series, “The Sneaker Connoisseur” focuses on sneaker addict Jesse Villanueva. The man’s got over 150 pairs of some of the most timeless kicks to ever (or never) see the light of day. He’s 32 and he’s admitted to hiding shoes from his wife, knowing what will happen if she sees another box enter the collection. He now serves “sneaker heads” at Alife Rivington Club and calls Park Slope, Brooklyn home. Yes, he’s everything his current 15-25 year-old regulars aspire to be.
Hear his story via an audio slideshow here.